Daniela Maria Menichella, MD, PhD

Northwestern University

Dr. Menichella. Daniela Maria received her MD and Ph.D. from the University of Milan, Italy. She graduated from the Neurology Residency Program at Northwestern University in Chicago and she is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pharmacology at Northwestern University. She is the director of the Peripheral Neuropathy Multidisciplinary Clinic and Director of the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association Center for Excellence. She is actively engaged in basic science and translational research, including NIH NeuroNext Clinical trails. Dr. Menichella is the Principal Investigator of an NIH funded laboratory that investigates the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying axonal degeneration in hereditary and acquired peripheral neuropathies with a particular focus on Painful Diabetic Neuropathy. Towards designing more effective therapeutics, Dr. Menichella’s laboratory takes advantage of an integrated approach combining pain behavioral tests, electrophysiology studies including current clamp recordings, in vitro and in vivo calcium imaging studies, confocal studies, chemogenetics and single cell RNA sequencing with conditional and transgenic mouse models.